After California Senator Kamala Harris became the breakout star of the second night of Democratic debates, she sat down with MSNBC host Chris Matthews to discuss her confrontation with Joe Biden.
During the debates, Harris criticized Biden for opposing federally mandated busing to integrate schools. When Matthews spoke with Harris, he first tried to play devil’s advocate for the former vice president.
“I think ‘you had to be there’ was the message I think Biden was trying to use to explain his behavior with the segregationist senators, but you were there with regard to busing,” Matthews said. “And you talked in that debate about the hurt you felt when you heard him talking about his civil—in fact to some extent praising the civility of these old seggies. What was the hurt?”
Harris professionally ignored Matthews odd abbreviated term for segregationists and explained that if the senators Biden worked with were successful in blocking busing, she would not have had the same opportunities and likely would not be a United States senator or running for president.
“Lester Holt would not have been asking questions on that stage,” she continued. “Barack Obama would not have been in the position to appoint Joe Biden vice president of the United States. So the consequences of their actions were very real and on the shoulders of a history in our country of really a very bad, awful, dark, dangerous, and lethal time.”
Then came an unusual question from Matthews, who decided to ask Harris, “How did you come out of that and not have hatred towards white people generally?”
Harris, who is married to a white man, quickly and calmly replied, “Most Americans do not conduct themselves that way, and most parents don’t conduct themselves that way, so there was no need to create a broad application because of that one experience. But we cannot deny that there are many children, Black children in America, who have had that experience.”
While Matthews may not have meant to ruffle any feathers with his question, people on Twitter could not believe Harris had to sit and answer it, especially since her marriage is not a secret.
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